Yellowstone National Park – in winter (part 2)

In part 1, we briefly describe getting to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Yellowstone National Park in Jan 2019. Now lets look at the next 2 days.

Something I forgot the mention in the other post – we arrived during the government shutdown (wiki page) so the visitor center was closed. Restrooms at most stops were closed as well. The hotel and shuttles are managed by an outside organization, hence the reason they were open.

Yellowstone National Park Visitor Center at Old Faithful – CLOSED during our visit due to government shutdown.

We stayed at the Snow Lodge for 3 nights. Our last night was “exciting”. The heater system broke and wouldn’t turn off. Our room was unbearably hot! John went down to the front desk about 4 am and was told our entire wing was affected. Windows wide open when temperature was about 0 F.

Other than that, our stay was very relaxing. Each room has a mini fridge. No microwave or television! We knew this ahead of time and packed a few games and cards. The lobby is set up so you can relax with your family, near the fireplace or overlooking the lobby in the “balcony”. There is also a skating rink!

Skating Rink

Day 1 John and Kiddo took a snowshoe tour of the Old Faithful area – they ended up being the only participants so had a “private” tour. I enjoyed sitting by the fireplace and reading my book.

Speaking of Old Faithful, there were times we were the only ones out there to watch it spout steaming hot water.

Day 2 we took an afternoon wildlife tour. Many of the animals had been seen on the ride in. It was nice to venture out in the shuttle vehicle. There were more stops and information provided about the animals than on the ride in. It also was warmer – a whooping 10 F on this day.

I found it interesting how they use their head to move the snow to get to the grass below.

Day 3 our shuttle back to Mammoth hotel started the process from the Snow Lodge about 7 am. Again, the driver/guide provided plenty of info and a potty break on the 4ish hour ride.


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